Barbara   Renick

A computing instructor at the Orange Family History Center in California. Barbara has taught genealogical computing classes since 1985 and frequently lectures at regional and national conferences. She writes for genealogy publications and authored Genealogy 101: How To Trace Your Family's History and Heritage for the National Genealogical Society's 100th Anniversary.


February 22, 2013
3:50 pm : Five C’s to Success in Genealogy Today

(Experienced) Today's genealogists can often solve problems that stumped them just a decade ago by combining computer and classic resources. This lecture focuses on advanced search techniques and new ways to use them in combination with reachable resources in the modern era of genealogy. Login First

7:20 pm : Evaluating What You Have Found: The Third Stage of Research

(All Levels) Just because it is in print (in a courthouse record, a county history, a family history book, or published online) doesn't make it so. All too often we find tantalizing bits and pieces of our family trees in various sources. It takes knowledge and experience to carefully evaluate what you have found and to determine when further research and documentation is necessary. This lecture covers the evaluation of both compiled and original sources. Login First

February 23, 2013
10:00 am : Top 10 Techniques for Finding More in Library Catalogs

(All Levels) Most genealogists go to library Web sites, find the online catalog, make a search using that catalog's basic search features, and assume they have found everything. Not only are there many ways to use online library catalogs for genealogical research, but such sites often provide access to a wide variety of additional resources and databases. Login First

1:30 pm : Overcoming Idiosyncrasies of Genealogy Database Sites

(Experienced) There are vast differences in the ways popular genealogy database sites allow searches to be made, edited/filtered, and results viewed. Recognizing those differences (and knowing how to alter your search techniques) brings greater success. Login First